Classy NYC Happy Hours That Aren't Crawling With College Bros
Wine, cheese and oysters, please
Hey, we love a reasonably priced glass of wine as much as the next gal, but when we have to elbow through a bar packed with loud college frat dudes to get it, it kind of ruins the vibe. Stop by these seven classy happy hours instead. Fancy $5 cocktails, anyone?
It doesn’t get much better than this: Every day from 5 to 7 p.m., you can get half a dozen oysters and a craft beer for $12 at this tiny East Village seafood joint. (And if you’re nice, they’ll even give you a free slice of whiskey cake.)
95 First Ave. (at Sixth St.); 917-408-3395 or upstatenyc.com
This cozy East Village wine bar has one of the best deals in town: $22 on select bottles, a $6 glass of the day and a huge selection of $5 bites. Best of all, it’s offered every day--Monday through Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 4 to 8 p.m.
211 E. Fourth St. (at Ave. B); 212-673-2424 or bibiwinebar.com
OK, this is getting serious. Not only does this tequila and mezcal bar offer discounts on select drinks and apps every night after work (hours vary depending on the day); it also features a “reverse happy hour” Tuesdays through Fridays from 9:30 p.m. to closing. One white sangria, please.
622 Third Ave. (at 40th St.); 212-808-8110 or richardsandoval.com/labiblioteca
Ruffian Wine Bar
This adorable wine bar in the East Village doesn’t take reservations, but if you manage to score a seat between 5 and 7 p.m., you’ll get access to a “secret stash” of specially priced wine bottles and $5 snacks.
125 E. Seventh St. (at Ave. A); 212-777-0855 or ruffiannyc.com
Head up to the roof of the Hugo Hotel in South Village on Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. and you’ll get $8 cocktails, $5 beer and $7 house wine. Cocktails and a view? Don’t mind if we do.
525 Greenwich St. (at Vandam St.); 212-608-4848 or hotelhugony.com
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Lock us in the basement of Beecher’s Handmade Cheese for the rest of our lives and we’ll be happy campers. Every day from 3 to 7 p.m. at this underground bar, the bartender’s choice cocktail is $5, house wine is $6 and a variety of cheesy snacks are $7 a pop.
900 Broadway (at 19th St.); 212-466-3340 or beechershandmadecheese.com
The John Dory Oyster Bar
From 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 12 to 3 p.m. on weekends, you can feast on $2 oysters and clams and drink half-priced wine at this gorgeous Midtown seafood spot. This is the best summer ever.
1196 Broadway (at 29th St.); 212-792-9000 or thejohndory.com